THE COVID-19 OPEN RESEARCH INITIATIVE
The recent declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic by the World Health Organisation has prompted us to make the relevant Data, Research and Resources at the Vinod Scaria Lab at CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (CSIR-IGIB) in an open format to ensure that they are widely accessible as well as relevant. The programme would embrace the concepts of open-source and open access.
Bhoyar, Rahul C., et al. An Amplicon-based Approach for Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 Using CovidSeq Assay on Illumina Miseq Sequencing Platforms.STAR Protocols (2021)
Poojary M, Shantaraman A, Jolly B, Scaria V Computational Protocol for Assembly and Analysis of SARS-nCoV-2 Genomes Research Reports (2020)
Publications and Preprints
Gupta, V., Bhoyar, R. C., Jain, A., Srivastava, et al, Asymptomatic reinfection in two healthcare workers from India with genetically distinct SARS-CoV-2. Clinical Infectious Diseases (2020) ciaa1451, https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa1451
Govindaraj GM, Krishnakumar P, Scaria V, Athulya E, Ajithkumar VT, Dongre AR. Building on an Ad Hoc Covid-19 Response to Enhance Community-based Care for Vulnerable Children in Kerala, India. NEJM Catal Innov Care Deliv. (2020) doi: 10.1056/CAT.20.0543.
Banu S, Jolly B, Mukherjee M, Singh P, Khan S, Zaveri L, Shambhavi S, Gaur N, Mishra RK, Scaria V, Sowpati DT A distinct phylogenetic cluster of Indian SARS-CoV-2 isolates Open Forum Infectious Diseases, (2020), ofaa434, https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofaa434
Jain A, Rophina M, Mahajan S, Krishnan BB, Sharma M, Mandal S, Fernandez T, Sultanji S, Mathew S, Sivasubbu S, Scaria V Analysis of the potential impact of genomic variants in global SARS-CoV-2 genomes on molecular diagnostic assays International Journal of Infectious Diseases https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijid.2020.10.086
Bhoyar RC, et al, High throughput detection and genetic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 using COVIDSeq next generation sequencing PLoS ONE (2021) Accepted
Radhakrishnan C, Divakar MK, Jain A et al, Initial insights into the genetic epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 isolates from Kerala suggest local spread from limited introductions Frontiers in Genetics (2021) Accepted
Yadav SP, Thakkar D, Bhoyar RC, Jain A, Wadhwa T, Imran M, Jolly B, Divakar MK, Kapoor R, Rastogi N, Sharma D, Sehgal P, Ranjan G, Sivasubbu S, Sarma S, Scaria VAsymptomatic reactivation of SARS-CoV-2 in a child with neuroblastoma characterised by whole genome sequencing,IDCases (2021), e01018, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.idcr.2020.e01018.
Rani, PR., Imran M, Lakshmi J, Jolly B, Jain A, Surekha A, Senthivel V, et al.Symptomatic Reinfection of Sars-cov-2 with Spike Protein Variant N440K Associated with Immune Escape. J Med Virol . 2021 Apr 5. doi: 10.1002/jmv.26997
J, Beena P., Bani Jolly, Neethu John, Rahul C. Bhoyar, Nisha Majeed, Vigneshwar Senthivel, Fairoz C. P, et al. 2021. Genomic Survey of Sars-Cov-2 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections in Healthcare Workers from Kerala, India.Journal of Infection (2021) Accepted
Cotsapas C, Saarela J, Farmer JR, Scaria V, Abraham RS. Do monogenic inborn errors of immunity cause susceptibility to severe COVID-19? J Clin Invest. 2021 Jun 1:149459. doi: 10.1172/JCI149459
Sahana S, Sivadas A, Mangla M, Jain A, Bhoyar RC, Pandhare K, Mishra A, Sharma D, Imran M, Senthivel V, Divakar MK, Rophina M, Jolly B, Batra A, Sharma S, Siwach S, Jadhao AG, Palande NV, Jha GN, Ashrafi N, Mishra PK, Vidhya AK, Jain S, Dash D, Kumar NS, Vanlallawma A, Sarma RJ, Chhakchhuak L, Kalyanaraman S, Mahadevan R, Kandasamy S, Devi P, Rajagopal RE, Ramya JE, Devi PN, Bajaj A, Gupta V, Mathew S, Goswami S, Prakash S, Joshi K, Kumla M, Sreedevi S, Gajjar D, Soraisham R, Yadav R, Devi YS, Gupta A, Mukerji M, Ramalingam S, Binukumar BK, Sivasubbu S, Scaria V. Pharmacogenomic landscape of COVID-19 therapies from Indian population genomes. Pharmacogenomics. 2021 Jun 18. doi: 10.2217/pgs-2021-0028. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34142560.
Roja Rani P, Imran M, Vijaya Lakshmi J, Jolly B, Afsar S, Jain A, Divakar MK, Suresh P, Sharma D, Rajesh N, Bhoyar RC, Ankaiah D, Shanthi Kumari S, Ranjan G, Anitha Lavanya V, Rophina M, Umadevi S, Sehgal P, Renuka Devi A, Surekha A, Chandra Sekhar P, Hymavathy R, Vanaja PR, Scaria V, Sivasubbu S. Insights from Genomes and Genetic Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 isolates from the state of Andhra Pradesh. Epidemiology and Infection. 2021;:1–11.
Devassikutty, FM, Jain A, Edavazhippurath A, Joseph MC, Peedikayil MNT, Scaria V, Sandhya P, and Govindaraj GM.X-Linked Agammaglobulinemia and COVID-19: Two Case Reports and Review of LiteraturePediatric Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology.Sep 2021.115-118.http://doi.org/10.1089/ped.2021.0002
Rophina M, Pandhare K, Shamnath A, Imran M, Jolly B and Scaria VESC - a comprehensive resource for SARS-CoV-2 immune escape variants. Nucleic Acids Research (2021) Accepted
Rophina, M., Pandhare, K., Mangla, M., Shamnath, A., Jolly, B., Sethi, M., & Scaria, V. FaviCoV -a comprehensive manually curated resource for functional genetic variants in SARS-CoV-2.OSF Preprints (2020, November 17). https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/wp5tx [Preprint]
Jolly B, Rophina M, Shamnath A, Imran M, Bhoyar RC, Divakar M, Rani PR, Ranjan G, Sehgal P, Chandrasekhar P, Afsar S, Vijaya Lakshmi J, Surekha A, Sivasubbu S, Scaria VGenetic epidemiology of variants associated with immune escape from global SARS-CoV-2 genomesbioRxiv 2020.12.24.424332; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.12.24.424332 [Preprint]
Singh, U. B., Rophina, M., Chaudhry, R., Senthivel, V., Bala, K., Bhoyar, R. C.et alGenomic analysis of symptomatic SARS-CoV-2 vaccine breakthrough infections from a tertiary care centre in India. OSF Preprints (2021) https://doi.org/10.31219/osf.io/fgd4x
Meet the people who warn the world about new covid variants
Researchers in the UK had just set the scientific world ablaze with news that a covid variant called B.1.1.7—soon to be referred to as alpha—was to blame for skyrocketing case counts there. Jolly, a third-year PhD student at the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in New Delhi, expected to find that it was driving infections in her country too.
Genome meets GitHub: Using tech tools, India’s virus hunters track a shape-shifting killer
The danger of new virus variants highlights the importance of keeping a close watch on them. That’s where genomic surveillance helps. Using scientific and technological tools — from virtual networks to GitHub pages — researchers are sharing their updates and building genomic databanks to gain an upper hand on the virus and sharpen the weapons to fight it.
How one of India’s premier research institutes is tracking new SARS-COV2 variants
Vinod Scaria, principal scientist at Delhi-based CSIR-IGIB, and Bani Jolly, a graduate student at the same institution, are among a score of scientists from various laboratories who have been involved in the genome sequencing effort in India.
The COVID-19 Open Research, Data and Resources is an initiative to make available research and resources at his lab at the CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology in an open format to ensure they are widely accessible. Scaria’s genome sequencing of the novel coronavirus is now widely used across the world to understand its characteristics.
In Malayalam from the Lab
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- നിരന്തരം രൂപം മാറുന്ന ശത്രു : വകഭേദം വന്ന കോവിഡ് വൈറസിന്റെ ആവിർഭാവം ഇന്ത്യയിൽ April 2021
- കോവിഡ് -19 വാക്സിനുകളും ബ്രേക്ക്ത്രൂ രോഗപ്പകർച്ചയും – നമ്മൾ ആശങ്കപ്പെടേണ്ടതുണ്ടോ ? August 2021